Melbourne, Apr 2 : Spreading rumours, inflating egos and painting the office walls a different colour - these are some of the secret tricks which Aussie companies' chiefs are using to motivate their staff and make them more productive.
According to management experts, this is the approach bosses are using to get more out of their workers.
Other methods include giving daily feedback, printing results on a public scoreboard, having meetings over coffee and buying more comfortable office chairs.
Brain Campbell, founder of Melbourne-based company Management Coach, said the key to motivating staff was "triggering pride".
"The biggest trick I use to motivate is to base it on pride. Don't pay them more money, just go for their ego," News.com.au quoted Campbell, as saying.
One way to do this - apart from obviously congratulating people on a job well done - was to create a public scoreboard featuring team or company results, he said.
"If you get a big scoreboard that says results are currently at 25 per cent, most people's ego kicks in and they want to get 90 or 100 per cent," Campbell added.
Victor Sultas, director of Strategic Business Coach in Sydney, said it was not uncommon for management to intentionally start rumours to filter information throughout the organization.
The idea is to keep staff in the loop about certain things that should get them working harder.
"It might be about budget cuts or the merging of departments, but it's about allowing the information to seep through. It's a common one that's done to get people focused," Sultas said.